Saturday, May 03, 2014

Spectrum’s Aero Med service voluntarily grounded over ‘potential administrative error’

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Spectrum Health has voluntarily grounded its Aero Med helicopter service after being notified by the Federal Aviation Administration of “a potential administrative error.”

In a statement, Spectrum said it expects the issue to be resolved early next week.

“Patient safety is priority for Spectrum Health and we want to ensure all documentation is satisfactory to the FAA,” the statement said. “In the meantime, emergency transport services will continue with ground transportation and partnerships with other flight services."

A Spectrum spokesman declined to elaborate on the “potential administrative error.” Spectrum's statement also didn’t say when the health care system made the decision to ground Aero Med.

According to its website, Aero Med keeps one aircraft in Grand Rapids that’s available 24 hours a day. A second aircraft kept in Big Rapids “operates part time during peak hours.”